Above is the map of how far Queendom Website has traveled,
nice for MacSoph and me, but doubly nice because it shows that needlework is indeed alive and well right round the world.
May 28, 2022
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Audrey, Carolyn Elworthy and Leslie Durst in 2005 at EGA's one woman show of Audrey's work.
Jane Zimmerman with Placido Domingo.
Big Task Part 1, Eliz Cady Stanton
My World of Needlework
Two Years, Two Months and Seven Days. That's how long DH and I have been at home now.
I have survived by living in a fantasyland of creative opportunities.
Here is the story of one of the many things that kept me going through these years.
Save The Date
On Wednesday, June 22, I will be on Gary Parr's podcast and we will discuss Mystery in St. Tropez.
May 28, 2022
In the beginning I took the idea for the border and flowers and alphabet from the two unfinished samplers I had found.
Then the design for the sampler started to take shape in its own direction, as you can see in the second photo.
Then I stopped work on the sampler and turned to stitching Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It took me a month to complete her. After I finished her I put the sampler away for 8 months while I caught up on everything else.
May 23, 2022 Two Unfinished Samplers
Samplers are absolutely my favorite genre of stitching and I find it difficult to resist the old unfinished ones. All the romance of 'what might have been and when I found these two, I couldn't resist. In the summer of 2021 they were a wonderful distraction.
My first thought was to design a sampler showing what they might have been, had they been finished. I spent a lot of time looking at samplers from the 1840's.
Then I decided, eh, that's the obvious thing to do with these samplers, why don't I do something more creative, so I began looking at events from the 1840's. For a while I thought of Westward Ho.
Another thought, what about vignettes of happenings in the 1840's? Yet another, vignettes from 1776 to 1846?
I had a great time going back and forth, collecting dates, illustrations, ideas and toying with them.
And then I came across a Wedding Date: May 1, 1840. Perfect!
A Tiny American Flag?
Here is a closeup of the 1840 date and a little square to the left of it.
Is it my imagination or is this a tiny American Flag?
Is the Photo Real?
I doubt it -- photography was new in 1839 -- but supposedly this is a photo of Henry Stanton and Elizabeth Cady.
Whether real or not, the date of May 1, 1840 settled what I would do with the inspiration of my unfinished samplers.
And so began a long adventure for me.
Two weeks ago, I took the sampler out of the drawer, unpacked all the supplies and partially worked canvas swatches and began again.
Time to go to work again.